NBA Power Rankings – March 31, 2014

1. San Antonio Spurs (57-16)
1. San Antonio Spurs (57-16)
That’s 17 straight wins. Who do the Spurs think they are, the Heat in 2013? (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Oklahoma City Thunder (54-19)
2. Oklahoma City Thunder (54-19)
Kevin Durant has scored 25+ points in 38 straight games – two shy of Michael Jordan’s all-time best, which is also the most in the past half century. Wow. (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)
3. Los Angeles Clippers (52-22)
3. Los Angeles Clippers (52-22)
The Glen Davis fiasco notwithstanding, Saturday’s 118-107 win over Houston was cause for celebration; the Clippers are back in the playoffs for the third straight season. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
4. Indiana Pacers (55-22)
4. Indiana Pacers (55-22)
A hard-fought 84-83 win over Miami gave the Pacers a three-game lead in the standings. They’ve since lost back-to-back games by a combined 27 points. Up next? San Antonio. Yikes. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
5. Miami Heat (50-22)
5. Miami Heat (50-22)
The Heat are one game away from home-court advantage in the East, but is that something they necessarily want? Miami would likely face Chicago in the second round. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
6. Houston Rockets (49-23)
6. Houston Rockets (49-23)
Losing Patrick Beverley (torn meniscus) won’t hurt the Rockets’ playoff chances, but it does hurt their title hopes. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
7. Chicago Bulls (41-32)
7. Chicago Bulls (41-32)
D.J. Augustin scored a career-high 33 points in the Bulls’ 107-102 win over Boston on Sunday. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
8. Golden State Warriors (45-28)
8. Golden State Warriors (45-28)
Can Stephen Curry get a little help? He’s finished with the game-high in scoring in six of the Warriors‘ last seven. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
9. Brooklyn Nets (39-33)
9. Brooklyn Nets (39-33)
The Nets have tied a franchise record with 13 straight home wins. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
10. Dallas Mavericks (44-30)
10. Dallas Mavericks (44-30)
Dallas’ quest for the playoffs will likely come down to the last day of the season. (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)
11. Memphis Grizzlies (43-30)
11. Memphis Grizzlies (43-30)
Once 20-20, Memphis is 23-10 in its last 33 games. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
12. Toronto Raptors (42-31)
12. Toronto Raptors (42-31)
DeMar DeRozan has scored 78 points in his last three games. Toronto won all three. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
13. Portland Trail Blazers (48-27)
13. Portland Trail Blazers (48-27)
Portland went 8-9 in March. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
14. Phoenix Suns (44-30)
14. Phoenix Suns (44-30)
Phoenix had won six straight games before losing to the Lakers on Sunday.(Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
15. Washington Wizards (38-35)
15. Washington Wizards (38-35)
After going for 20 and eight in a win over the Pacers, John Wall went for 25 and six in a win over the Hawks. Not a bad weekend. (Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images)
16. Charlotte Bobcats (35-38)
16. Charlotte Bobcats (35-38)
Charlotte beat Brooklyn in overtime last Wednesday before losing to Orlando in overtime last Friday. Still, the Bobcats are 8-5 in their last 13 games and are all but assured of a playoff berth. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
17. Minnesota Timberwolves (36-36)
17. Minnesota Timberwolves (36-36)
Still .500, still a success – by Minnesota standards, anyway. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
18. New York Knicks (31-43)
18. New York Knicks (31-43)
The surging Knicks are just one game out of the playoffs, but a tough schedule remains: Brooklyn (twice), Toronto (twice), Miami and Chicago, to name a few.(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
19. New Orleans Pelicans (32-41)
19. New Orleans Pelicans (32-41)
Saturday’s loss to the Spurs snapped a five-game winning streak. There’s no shame in that. (Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
20. Atlanta Hawks (31-41)
20. Atlanta Hawks (31-41)
Six straight losses, five straight wins, six straight losses. The Hawks are 6-20 in their last 26 games. They’re also clinging to the final playoff spot in the East by just one game. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
21. Cleveland Cavaliers (30-45)
21. Cleveland Cavaliers (30-45)
That’s four wins in five games for the Cavs, who stunned the Pacers, 90-76, on Sunday. It was Cleveland’s first double-digit victory since February. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
22. Denver Nuggets (32-41)
22. Denver Nuggets (32-41)
Oklahoma once and San Antonio twice? No wonder the Nuggets lost three straight last week. It was their sixth losing streak of at least three games this season. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
23. Detroit Pistons (26-47)
23. Detroit Pistons (26-47)
Detroit lost to Philadelphia – by 25 points. It doesn’t get much lower than that. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
24. Sacramento Kings (25-48)
24. Sacramento Kings (25-48)
The Kings have won just 5-6 games in each of the last four months. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Image
25. Los Angeles Lakers (25-48)
25. Los Angeles Lakers (25-48)
The Lakers gave up 143 points to Minnesota on Friday. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
26. Utah Jazz (23-51)
26. Utah Jazz (23-51)
The Jazz have lost four straight and 10 of 11. They’re 2-15 in their 17 games, with the only wins coming at Philadelphia and against Orlando (by one). (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
27. Boston Celtics (23-50)
27. Boston Celtics (23-50)
The Celtics have lost at least 50 games for the first time since 2006-07. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
28. Orlando Magic (21-53)
28. Orlando Magic (21-53)
Orlando is a league-worst 4-34 on the road – despite being a mediocre 17-19 at home. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (14-59)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (14-59)
Milwaukee hasn’t won back-to-back games all season. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
30. Philadelphia 76ers (16-57)
30. Philadelphia 76ers (16-57)
The Sixers won a game Saturday for the first time since Jan. 29, halting their losing streak at 26 – and ensuring they won’t be alone on the league’s all-time futility list. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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